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Friday, 2 January 2015

“Last” Auschwitz Anniversary Is Reminder of Silence’s Danger

01 RIA-Novosti Infographics. Nazi Death Camps


Ronald S Lauder, the President of the World Jewish Congress, said that next month’s 70th anniversary of the Red Army’s liberation of the Auschwitz death camp is a reminder, at a time when anti-Semitism is on the rise again, of what happens when the world is silent about persecution. Lauder told Reuters in an interview that anti-Semitism is now at levels not seen since World War II, driven by Islamist extremists using hatred of Jews as a way to attack Israel, and by far-right nationalists in Europe. He said that the commemorations on 27 January to mark the day that the Red Army liberated Auschwitz in 1945 would be the last major anniversary when survivors would be able to attend in numbers. The youngest are now in their 70s.

Lauder said, “I believe it’s a good reminder to people of what happens when we remain silent, and the world was silent when Hitler was starting, the world was silent when Jews were taken away, the world was silent at Kristallnacht, and in many ways, although many people knew what was happening in the concentration camps, it wasn’t publicised. After World War II, into the 50s, 60s and 70s, the type of anti-Semitism we see today, nobody would ever have thought of happening. But as time went on and generations have passed, we see the rise of anti-Semitism. Hopefully, this commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the freeing of Auschwitz, and the ceremonies that’ll take place, may remind the world what happens when anti-Semitism is allowed to run wild, so to speak”.

At the Auschwitz camp, in southern Poland, the Nazis killed some 1.5 million people between 1940 and 1945, most of them Jews. Lauder, who helped fund conservation efforts to preserve artefacts at Auschwitz including inmates’ hair and shoes, said that the World Jewish Congress would this year bring about 100 survivors and their families to Poland to take part in the commemorations. Lauder said that Hungary, where Jobbik is now the second biggest political force, was one example of a European country where a political party was fanning anti-Semitism, noting, “The government will talk about ‘There’s no place for anti-Semitism in the world’, but that isn’t necessarily speeches being made inside Hungary. There’s a total disconnect between what they say for external consumption and internal consumption”. Magyar Minister-President Viktor Orbán called anti-Semitism intolerable and said that his government is a determined participant in the fight against it. Jobbik’s leaders deny being anti-Semitic.

29 December 2014

Christian Lowe

Reuters/Jewish Daily Forward



Beware all “Holocaust Deniers”… there are all too many amongst the Vlasovtsy party in the ROCOR, amongst the “Ukrainian Catholic” hierarchy, and amongst the unrepentant neofascists in Bound Brook (lair of the “Ukrainian Orthodox” in the USA). They’re quick to inflate ANYTHING done in the USSR… but minimise anything done by the Nazis. Never forget… there are factions amongst the “Ukrainian Orthodox”, “Ukrainian Catholics”, and the ROCOR whose fathers and grandfathers collaborated willingly with the Nazis and helped them to destroy Eastern European Jewry (of them, the Galician Uniates were the worst and most vicious… as they remain, today… the war in Novorossiya is testament to that). Yes… Russians liberated the camps… but some Russian émigrés helped RUN the camps. So-called self-identified “Ukrainians” (and Balts) were even more zealous in their support of the Final Solution. Yes… we helped end the scourge… but we also had a hand in perpetuating it. Note well that the so-called “anti-communists” shoved Jews in the ovens, whilst the commies liberated the camps

Let History judge…



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